From Cocoa Buds to Taste Buds – The Chocolate Process and Sensory Experience

From Cocoa Buds to Taste Buds – The Chocolate Process and Sensory Experience

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Starting with Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs, chocolate began some 2,000 years ago. It’s been described as the gift of gods, as well as “sinfully dark.” It’s a gift of love and a source of contention. It is a cherished comfort food, appetite suppressor and health remedy. So what chemistry is behind this alluring treat? Join us with Dr. Greg Ziegler as he melds the process and the sensory experience of chocolate!





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From Cocoa Buds to Taste Buds – The Chocolate Process and Sensory ExperienceA short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker, Dr. Greg Ziegler, Penn State University.


What You Will Learn

  • How chocolate is made.
  • Natural and social history of chocolate consumption.
  • Active chemical constituents of chocolate.
  • Unique sensory attributes of chocolate.
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Greg Ziegler received his B.S. degree in food science from Penn State University, an M.S. in food science from Clemson University and Ph.D. in food engineering from Cornell University. He is currently Professor of Food Science at Penn State, where he teaches and conducts research on, among other things, chocolate and confectionery.




Sara Risch is the Director of R&D and QA for Popz Europe, a microwave popcorn company.  Prior to joining Popz, she had her own consulting business, working with food, flavor and packaging companies.  She received her both her B.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Minnesota.  She has an M.S. in Food Science from the University of Georgia.  Her work has focused primarily on microwave foods and food-package interactions




Additional Reading

BBC – Chocolate ‘Better than Kissing’

Chocolate, The New Health Food, or is It? -  ChemMatters, April 2009

The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



12 Responses to “From Cocoa Buds to Taste Buds – The Chocolate Process and Sensory Experience”

  1. Carol Sinople says:

    when will the next seminar be held? I missed this one

  2. admin says:

    Dear Carole — ACS Webinars are offered once per week on Thursdays at 2PM Eastern Time. Please visit our website at to view the listing of upcoming presentations and the archives of past webinars. — ACS Webinars

  3. Irma De Ley says:

    I will most likely miss the seminar on the 17th due to a scheduled travel. Will there be video archives for us to see later? Thank you so much.

  4. M. Dolan says:

    Will this be offered again? I want to do a group event and have samples of various chocs avaialble to expand the experience. Thanks.

  5. admin says:

    Yes Irma. Within one week after the live presentation, you may go to our website ( to view the recording and slides. The recording is also available on You Tube. Enjoy!

  6. admin says:

    Dear M. Dolan — Great idea! Yes, the recording and slides will be available within one week after today’s presentation. Go to our website at to view. And, please let us know about the experience. Is this a professional group of chemists, chefs???, a group of friends, a class, etc. We’d also like to hear about the conversation and how the webinar is being used – what purpose is it fulfilling. We’ve been capturing these experiences from other webinars and are planning to include them on our website. So tell all and thanks for watching.

  7. Phillip Parker says:

    How do I find follow up discussion after webinar?

  8. Phillip Parker says:

    Is follow up discussion recorded somewhere?

  9. admin says:

    Dear Phillip, you may go to the website and scroll to the bottom to add your comment for others to respond to. — ACS Webinars

  10. admin says:

    Phillip – the followup discussion remains on the website and is viewable by all. — ACS Webinars

  11. Suzanne Gauthier says:

    I have been trying to download the presentation slide unsuccessfully. Would you forward me a link where I can do so, please?

    Thank you!
    Suzanne Gauthier

  12. admin says:

    Dear Suzanne — the recording and slides of today’s webinar will be posted on the website in about one week. — ACS Webinars

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